I have lurked off and on here for years, first time poster. Ok basically I am a bit overwhelmed and impressed by all the research and knowledge on this forum. But I'm having trouble coming up with a straight answer on what type of screen I should paint. Thought it might be easier to just post my exact setup and what I hope to achieve.
I recently purchased an Optoma Hd20, got it a few days ago. I had an Infocus X1 years ago and just painted a flat white brick on the wall and projected movies. But I've gotten a little pickier since then, especially now that I've gone hd.
Alright, my situation. Projector will be ceiling mounted in my living room with a throw of about 12 to 13 feet, giving me about a 110 to 120 inch screen if I've got it calculated right. I will be able to completely black out the windows. Room is painted a medium tan, with white ceilings, and dark hardwood floors. So not a huge ambient light problem, but I understand there is reflected ambient light to deal with from the white ceiling and what not. Viewing distance is same as throw with it mounted right over the main couch, with some seating pretty well off axis.
Now, my viewing habits. Will be hooked up to my PS3 for dvd, blu-ray, and Netflix watching. I am a huge horror fan, probably 75 percent of my collection is horror so black levels are very important, so I was thinking I should go with a gray screen. However, though I don't want to sacrifice all the "pop" of bright movies like Pixar, Wizard of Oz things like that. Though I do understand I will lose some.
So I was thinking of going with the Black Widow mix based on its simplicity and some of the screen shots I've seen. I'm not sure I have the skill or the patience for more complicated mixes like Silver Fire. Also will just be painted on my wall which is just plain drywall.
Thanks in advance for any help and expert opinions.